Summary: The Aztecs have many different weapons such as the Maquahuitl, Cuautiololli, Tepoztopilli, Atlatls and the Yaomime. The maquahuitl is a sword like weapon made of oak wood and are about ¾” wide and were about 14 inches long. The Spanish claimed that they could take off the head of a horse in one blow. The cuautiololli is a special kind of club made out of wood with a big ball at the end and used to smash and crush. Sometimes stone is embedded in them. The tepoztopilli is what the Inca called a spear, it is extremely sharp. Sometimes they are up to 7ft long, the blade was usually 1 ft long. with smaller stones embedded. The tepoztopilli could pierce Spanish armor, they were used many years before the Aztec empire and were so sharp that the spanish army could use them to shave. The atlatl is a spear throwing device,used for longer distance combat. Was a stick with a handle at one end and a hook of socket that engages a light spear in the other. propels spear faster and further than it could on its own. The yaomime is an arrow made with a serrated flint, bone or obsidian.
Primary Source: This is a picture of a Maquahuitl. This is one of the aztecs most powerful weapon. The blackstone on the end is the “sword “ like part that is very sharp and the stones have been embedded deeply in the edges.
CITATION: Mursell, Ian. Maquahuitl. 2006. British Museum Moctezuma. October 31, 2014.
Secondary Sorce: This is a drawing of a cuautiololli. (A club with a spiky ball at the end)
CITATION: Steven D. Jones
Site Used For document #1: http://www.aztec-history.com/ancient-aztec-weapon.html